NHL’s First Round Heating Up - Who’s Going 7?
Chicago Blackhawks lead Minnesota Wild 3-1
The Wild have put up a good fight, sending half of the first 4 games into extra minutes so far, but Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford and the Chicago defense tightened up in game 4 to take a solid hold of the series, putting them in position to close things out at home.
Prediction: Blackhawks in 5
Anaheim Ducks lead Detroit Red Wings 3-2
After the third overtime game of the series, the Ducks bring a 3-2 lead back to Detroit. Expect the Wings to win on their home ice, but the Ducks have proven to have the most depth so far this series, really taking advantage of some defensive miscues from Detroit, so in a bang-bang series, I think the Ducks eek it out.
Prediction: Ducks in 7
Los Angeles Kings lead St. Louis Blues 3-2
This series takes the honors for most exciting in the West so far - barely beating out Ducks/Wings - as all 5 games have been decided by a single goal. The series has been filled with late game drama and now the Kings take their first series lead back home, looking to close things out in the Staples Center. The series seems to be tilting in the Kings favor, but don’t write off the Blues quite yet!
Prediction: Kings in 7